Stay Motivated

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Stay Motivated

What motivates you to lose weight?  What to do you think will be better or different when you are 10, 20 or 30 pounds lighter than you are now?  Whether it is health, quality of life or vanity driving you, determining your motivation will play a key factor in your success.  In case you forget or need some help in the motivation department, here are some great ways to stay motivated.

Motivation to work out:

  • Remember how you feel after a workout.  You know you can accomplish something and it makes you feel good and very successful when you’re done.  
  • Take care of yourself.  You undoubtedly spend a lot of time taking care of everyone around you.  Make sure you invest that same effort into taking care of your own health and well being
  • Calories burned let’s you enjoy the foods that you love without guilt.  If you put the time in for exercise, you will also realize how much effort it takes to burn those unwanted calories which can make you think twice before making poor choices you will later regret.
  • Surround yourself with people that inspire you to do more and be more.  Avoid like the plague those that suck energy from you and try to derail your efforts.
  • Read blogs from others that have had the same goals as you and have achieved them.  Personal accounts can have monumental impact on your motivation.
  • Improve your posture and you will automatically carry yourself better and look slimmer.
  • Time to think occurs when you are working out alone. A great time to contemplate what you have, what you want and how to go about getting it.
  • Creative juices also flow from endorphins.  Studies have shown that our most creative time is 30-90 minutes after a workout.  Take advantage of all that creativity.
  • Relieves the stress from the day and lets you sleep better at night.
  • Pay a trainer and chances are good you’ll show up.  Money lost is a big motivator.
  • Reaching short term goals puts you that much closer to the big, long term goal. 
  • Losing a few pounds lets you know your efforts are paying off.  More effort = more weight lost.
  • The unanticipated compliment from someone who hasn’t seen you in a while and noticed you look better.
  • Reward yourself with new workout clothes.  Looking good and spending money says that you have made a commitment to this lifestyle.
  • Knowing that doing nothing will leave you the exact same.  If you don’t change something, nothing will change.

Take Away:

  • Remind yourself often of why you are doing what to do and keep yourself motivated to continue.

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